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Fortress Israel The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country--and Why They Can't Make Peace

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Fortress Israel The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country--and Why They Can't Make Peace by Tyler, Patrick, 9780374281045
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  • ISBN: 9780374281045 | 0374281041
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/18/2012
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In the late 1940s, David Ben-Gurion founded a unique military society: the state of Israel. A powerful defense establishment came to dominate the nation, and for half a century Israel's leaders (bound by martial traditions and stern resolve never to lose sight of the Holocaust, and armed with a secret arsenal of nuclear weapons and the most powerful conventional army in the Middle East) have relished continuous war with the Arabs and an unblinking determination to prevail. Fortress Israelis an epic portrayal of state militarism overpowering democracy and civilian governmentof Sparta presenting itself as Athens. Patrick Tyler takes us inside the tough culture of native-born militants: the sabras, named for an especially rugged species of cactus. He shows generals who make decisions that trump those of elected leaders, generals who disdain diplomacy as a sign of weakness, and statesmen who make peace deals with their neighbors so that they can make arms deals with America. Tyler argues that this martial outlook makes Israel loath to achieve peace with the Muslim world even if it is possible to do so.Based on a breathtakingly broad array of sources, declassified documents, personal archives, and interviews across the spectrum of Israel's ruling class, Fortress Israelis a powerful story of character, rivalry, conflict, and the competing impulses for war and for peace.

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